Deep in Irish myth and legend, deeper than even that of Conn Cetchathach, he of the hundred battles, is the strange heritage of Crimthann Nia Nair. Crimthann was High King of Ireland for sixteen years that ran before Christ until eight years after the church determined our Lord was born and so divided the calendar, cutting all […]
Researching my heritage I didn’t have to look far to find the name Niall Noigiallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages.) In researching possible connections to the O’Neills and McNeils in my own genealogy I looked at Niall’s. He is a fascinating figure in Irish History and Legend, and, as you might expect, this is true […]
So Niall Noigiallach sits at this cusp of Irish history. He is a notable culmination of Irish political power despite being the son of a foreign princess. He raids outside the insular boundaries of the five fifths of Ireland taking hostages and holding sovereignty in Scotland, Britain, Mann, and perhaps Brittany on the European mainland.
I’m sure you are familiar with the naming convention of many Celtic peoples where a son is named after his father or at least a notable fore-bearer. Among the Irish you have Mc and Mac and O s which are really Ui s. The Welsh use Ap and Map the same way. In short O’Neill […]
I’ve been working on some “projects” instead of writing. I’m not saying that they were critical, but they have cut into my writing time. Among these was rereading a couple of novels because I thought that the next in the series MUST have been released. I thought I actually saw that it was, but no. […]
I mentioned in my post about my progenitor, Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland, son of Eochaid Mugmedon (Slave Lord), that I found Finn MacCool in the genealogy of Niall Glundub (Black Knee) Just an aside. Does anyone know why Niall Black Knee was called Black Knee? I have no idea and […]
Little enough of what I’ve been able to assemble on these pages so far has any basis in the reality of Earth. I have bent my will and my efforts toward Tir na Nua. That is not to say that there are no mythic figures worth looking into. In Ireland the line between myth and […]
The Book of Invasions lists many groups who came to Irish shores, the first three left only bones. A grand-daughter of Noah, the Parthalonians (sp?), and then the Nemedians. Now the Nemedians are another matter perhaps, it is claimed that the Nemedians returned as both the Fir Bolg and the Tuatha de Danan and were sons […]
I am an Irishman, of that there is no doubt. In fact, my sister having done a little comparative genealogical work (thanks Debbie), I know that I am descended from kings. Notably I am descended from one king in particular who seems, mitochondrially anyhow, to have a lot of descendants. Common to both my father and my mother is one notable person from out of the Celtic past. The O’Neills and the McNeils both spring from the same ancestor, Niall Noigillach. Niall, I’ve been told, means champion, and Noigillach means “of the nine hostages”.
There are a lot of people who are interested in the Celts and all things Celtic. I certainly count myself as one of those. Some others especially those among the academics find the idea of a Celtic people as ridiculous or probably more to the point they think of people who believe that there is […]